Michael Rietmulder

'Minor' mayoral candidates determined to be heard

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As downtown Minneapolis workers were beginning their end-of-day commutes, a small, hodgepodge crew quietly assembled on the Government Plaza last month. The six men convening under the shade of the Hennepin County Government Center had very disparate resumes — a street musician, a former ad man, a University of Minnesota grounds worker and an “Occupirate” stood among them. But they are all seeking the same job.

“I’m Merrill Anderson, the next mayor of Minneapolis,” chimed one of them during the meeting’s opening minutes.

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